July 2018 is IBM Connections Adoption month - weather you are using Connections on Premesis or in the Cloud there are many ways to help drive adoption to this fantastic business tool.
At the most basic level, IBM Connections makes it easy to collaborate with colleagues and supports social sharing. Whilst other tools are challenging to use and not intuitive, IBM Connections offers comprehensive tracking, simple sharing and easy mobile access, making IBM Connections the best option for businesses that need to securely share with others.
There is a lot to like about IBM Connections Cloud offerings, but you must keep in mind that there are user management requirements that remain with your company, even in a cloud only solution. And the reality is that IBM Connections Cloud does not easily or automatically integrate with other Identity Access Management (IAM) tools and platforms. This results in a need to either use the IBM provided interfaces with their limitations, or build your own integration to your existing IAM solution, or use a third party application to bridge the gap. That is what we will look at in this article - specifically BCC’s AdminTool for Connections Cloud.
While IBM Connections Cloud is a very robust platform for social collaboration and communication, it may not be a complete stand-alone solution in all cases. But fear not, IBM has provided an API interface to enable integration with other products and services which enables you to interface with your existing embedded or mission critical software, creating the best of both worlds.
IBM Connections is in essence a social networking platform for business, designed to improve collaboration and communication. But there are many components available, and the best ROI comes with widespread user adoption. So what are some things that more technical members of your staff can do to increase adoption of IBM Connections within your company or organization?
Innovate or die!
Every business with any history to it understands the mandate to continually bring new innovation to your market, or you will be passed over by those who are doing so. And we all know innovation comes from new ideas, fresh perspectives, and those "ah-ha" moments when ideas collide like atoms in the Large Hadron Collider, revealing new understandings. Collaboration is the magic ingredient to make this happen, and IBM Connections is the secret sauce that can put it all together for your business. But how does one go about justifying IBM Connections to your management and convince them it is worth the expense? My suggestion is to present it as a profitable investment.
There are many ways to use IBM Connections, but the underlying goal for implementing a social collaboration platform such as this is ultimately to improve the bottom line for your business. One key way to achieve that is through increased efficiency. After all, the whole Six Sigma Lean philosophy is all about increasing efficiency. So let's explore just a couple of ways to use IBM Connections to improve efficiency in any business.
IBM Connections at its core is a business-oriented social networking platform. Straight from the marketing slick, it is intended to improve knowledge sharing, decision-making, and innovation through collaboration.